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Denver Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Lessons

Photography Tutoring in Denver

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Beginner Photography Lessons

A little insight changes everything about your photos...

These one-on-one lessons are focused on introducing the beginner photographer or new camera owner to the basic concepts of composition and exposure.  You will be shown how to work with the major camera features required to take your first steps forward in photography.  With these skills you can begin to take better photos of any subject and get more enjoyment from your photography.  

Lesson takes place inside and outside (weather permitting) and contains a lot of information (don't worry, I will give you all your notes already written so you can just focus on the class). 

Who Should Take This Class?:

  • Beginners - who need an introduction to their new cameras and to photography basics.
  • Novices - who wish to get an all inclusive review of the basics.  It's a great refresher course for those who learned (but forgot) this information previously.

Class Length and Topics Covered:  These are private tutoring classes.  As such, the number of topics we can cover depends greatly on the person learning (where do their interests lie?, how in depth do they wish to cover each topic? and how much time they wish to practice a given topic?).  Classes are offered in 3hr or 4hr options (6hr if you want make a "field trip" out of it).  


Photography Field Trips

Want to make your class more interesting?  Maybe you want immediate help with a specific event?  The "field trip" option (6hrs) basically means we will be learning the above topics while engaging in a specific activity.  The most common options people ask for is a hike in the mountains, visit the zoo or attending an event (usually their child's sporting event or a festival of some kind). 


Beginner Photography Subjects Include:

Exposure | Depth of Field & Shooting Modes

Shooting Modes:

  • M, A, S (Tv), P
  • What are they for? When to use them.


  • Achieving proper exposure. (working with shutter speed, aperture and ISO).
  • Working with exposure compensation.

Depth of Field:

  • Improving your composition with depth of field.
  • DOF and aperture (f/stops) focal length, sensor size, subject distance.


Metering | Focusing | Dynamic Range

Metering Modes:

  • Controlling exposure via metering modes.
  • Targeting exposure to your subject.
  • Tackling dynamic range issues.


  • Focusing techniques
  • Focus area modes
  • Focus points
  • Using manual focus

Advanced Features: 

  • Bracketing.
  • White balance


Basic Composition

  • Framing your subjects
  • Rule of thirds
  • Background and foregrounds
  • Unique viewpoints
  • and more...



Your Instructor


My goal is always to teach WHY a technique works, not just HOW it's done. This is the fundamental difference between Big Sun training and most other photo courses who teach only by route. By learning the reasons behind the practice, you are able to move forward on your own, breaking away from the mundane and expanding your creativity.

 As with any service you should research what/whom you are investing in to ensure the right fit.

I encourage you to review my own work before signing up for any photography class.

Gene Tewksbury
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